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EU rules could stifle Dutch progress on clean energy

The saying goes that you sometimes need to spend money to make money—but when it comes to carbon emissions, any extra expenditure can be a problem. The Netherlands found this out last month when the European Commission decided to limit Dutch subsidies for hydrogen production using gas.

Dutch industry produces large quantities of hydrogen from natural gas for its own use. Before 2050, the government wants companies to switch to the clean production of hydrogen from water, using electrolysers and green electricity. However, this will require the development of efficient, high-capacity electrolysers that are not yet available.

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